At some point, it also occurred to me: As the mother of two boys, it's possible that I could someday have two daughters-in-law. And it's very possible (read: guaranteed) that I will occasionally say and do the wrong things.
Living and travelling around the world, I meet many extraordinary grandmothers; women like Nana who represent the selfless heroes of our world. They make extraordinary sacrifices to support their families.
What I found out was that a new group of modern seniors is coming up and they are no longer willing to compromise themselves in their current relationship.
Todd had trouble with reading throughout his childhood. And as anyone with little kiddo and a Todd Parr book will tell you, Todd's own books are inspiring kids everywhere to get excited about reading. Sounds like little Todd Parr needed, well, Todd Parr. Our hangout with Todd was brief but meaningful. What did we learn from Todd?
I have just experienced yet another life passage. It is really my daughter who turned 40 this week, but it has created a whole new set of feelings in my aging self. I remember a little girl of 5 who proudly drew pretty pictures for me to put on my walls.
I know you can achieve greatness in your lifetime, but the only way is to live with conviction and decide to turn your camera onto the world.
I somehow missed the gene that makes people think babies are cute. I hate to say it, but yes -- probably even your baby. And yet, when I reached my late 20s, I realized I needed a baby and started panicking about completing the requisite steps to get there ASAP.
My 10-year-old granddaughter, Sam, visited me for a weekend and begged me to take her to the mall.
We share the same hands. Long, thin fingers that we use to put pen to paper in the journals that we keep. Soft, open palms that pat my baby's back or ruffle the thick locks on my 4-year-old's head. If I need to know the business of mothering, I need only to look at her hands.
I'm sitting on a couch in my daughter Rachel's home in Chicago, holding my first grandchild, a boy, seven days old. I've heard grandparents talk, ad nauseum, about the thrill of this relationship, but, as with having your first baby, you have no clue what it will be like until it happens.
In addition to the financial, there is another component to your children's legacy that you should consider -- the softer side. This is the very essence of your family that you want to pass on to the next generation.
I can still remember where I was sitting the day that my daughter called me and told me she was expecting. I had moved to New York with my second husband and my two younger children. I remember the feel of the phone against my ear, the sound of the happiness in her voice, the curtains that decorated the windows.
I am getting wistful because "Pit Bulls and Parolees" is starting its new television season. No, it's not because I miss my dog from childhood, a litt...
Grandchildren can be brutally honest -- especially when they're young and simply making innocent observations about the people in their world.
A house may burn down and everything in it may disappear, but what happened in that house -- the voices that rang out, the tears shed, the laughter and heartache and disappointment and joy -- those things are never gone as long as someone is there to remember, to tell the story.
Seventeen-year-old me grew up making blunders, hitting some luck, missing some parts along the way, but whole in spirit - and arrived this year to the...